Country director

Chemonics, Nepal

Skill Required:, Project/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
Above 10 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
22nd October, 2018

Job Description

Chemonics seeks a country director to provide overall strategic direction and leadership to the Global Health Supply Chain Program-Procurement and Supply Management (GHSC-PSM) project. The GHSC-PSM project will be the primary vehicle through which USAID will procure and provide health commodities, provide technical assistance to improve partner countries’ management of the supply chain, and collaborate with key international stakeholders to support global health initiatives. There are four main task orders for the project: HIV/AIDS, the President’s Malaria Initiative, Population and Reproductive Health, and Maternal and Child Health. The GHSC-PSM office in Nepal performs work under the Population and Reproductive Health and Maternal and Child Health Task Orders. This long-term position will be based in Kathmandu, Nepal, with up to 20 percent expected local and international travel. We are looking for individuals who have a passion for making a difference in the lives of people around the world.

Responsibilities include:

  • Maintain strong and positive working relationships with clients and partners including USAID, the Nepalese Ministry of Health, and other local government partners and entities
  • Develop and implement annual work plans and budgets that reflect the priorities of USAID, the Ministry of Health, and other stakeholders
  • Identify capacity gaps and arrange for appropriate field staff training
  • Ensure the use of management methodologies to plan, organize, and control resources to achieve goals
  • Develop, update, and implement a performance monitoring plan that encompasses commodity security and logistics management indicators and includes project-wide performance measures
  • Oversee regular data collection and reporting and lead quarterly reviews of performance analysis to identify issues and drive evidence-based interventions
  • Ensure compliance with procurement standard operating procedures, including supplier order fulfillment, order trackers, customs clearance/freight forwarding, storage and distribution, and use of logistics management information systems
  • Coordinate with relevant stakeholders in providing assistance to build the capacity and capability of national systems
  • Report results of the project’s work to USAID, the Nepalese Ministry of Health, other funders, and the home office
  • Ensure timely submission of all deliverables
  • Liaise and ensure continuous communication with home-office teams, including requesting additional support where needed, identifying project risks and creating risk mitigation plans, and reporting progress against the project’s deliverables and timeline


  • Minimum 10 years of experience in public health program management, pharmaceuticals and medical supplies, and/or supply chain management systems, including:
  • Minimum five years of experience leading development projects overseas
  • Experience working on or overseeing project work on electronic management information systems
  • Familiarity with Government of Nepal public health and supply chain systems
  • Advanced degree in medicine, public health, supply chain, management or a related field required or a bachelor’s degree in the same field and an additional five years of work experience beyond the 10 required above
  • Demonstrated ability to manage and implement complex USAID-funded public health projects in a developing country context
  • Skilled in leading and managing high-performing teams
  • Proven ability to collaborate with host-country officials, donors, and other key stakeholders
  • Excellent interpersonal, written, and oral communications skills; proven diplomatic and public relations skills
  • Demonstrated leadership, versatility, and integrity
  • Fluency in English required; proficiency in Nepali preferred


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